The American President As Philosopher-King

Fitch, Robert E.
August 1956
New Republic;8/13/56, Vol. 135 Issue 7, p11
This article presents the author's view over the perception of Americans while selecting their first philosopher-king. The authors suppose that when the so-called intellectuals, who founded the American republic, came to select their first philosopher-king, they those a man like the first President George Washington. While George Washington was deficient as a philosopher, he was eminently endowed to be a king, as he knew how to lead and how to command. Actually the first President measured up well to Greek philosopher Plato's description, in Book Two of "The Republic," of the character of a "Guardian of the State." On the other hand, from another view-point, the 3rd President Thomas Jefferson is considered to be the best-suited philosopher-king of the U.S.


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